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Hey Siri, How Does One Regain Trust?

Matt Birchler writing on BirchTree:

Apple sells themselves on being the company that cares about privacy and they betray that promise by listening to my Siri conversations and not telling me clearly, nor by letting me opt out if I don’t want to be included in making Siri better. Apple has of course said they have discontinued this practice, but trust is built around actions, not responses to bad behavior when you get caught.

Disappointing. This is the type of stuff I trusted Apple didn’t do. I hope it’s only a small road bump, rather than a serious red flag I come to regret.

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Apple Is Listening

Marco Arment:

Even more importantly than any hardware releases, macOS itself has also seen massive engineering effort recently. For the first time in a decade, the Mac was a major focus of WWDC, with great new APIs poised to usher in a huge wave of fresh software.

This is what was so exciting about this keynote. Not only did Apple need to announce pro-level hardware, but macOS need an injection of enthusiasm. They delivered. As I said previously on The Bright Pixels Podcast, there is a palpable excitement for the Mac again, and it’s insanely exciting to say that.

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Some of My Favorite WWDC 2019 Perspectives

First up, Jim Dalrymple on The Loop:

If you’re like me, you noticed the similarity with the “cheese grater” Mac Pro of years ago, and for good reason. Both machines are similar in the exterior look, and why not, that was a pro machine that worked.

This is one of the things that both surprised and impressed me the most about Monday’s keynote. Apple chose to go with function over form, something they’ve unfortunately seemed to care little for in the past few years. I wonder if this move is the beginning of a shift in their product line where our MacBooks get thicker for better thermal performance and more ports. One can always hope.

Next up, Colin Devroe:

The Mac Pro isn’t for me, but I’m very glad it exists.

This is the point I made on the latest episode of The Bright Pixels Podcast. I’ve never been the target market for the Mac Pro, but I always felt that I needed those people. Furthermore, I needed Apple to care about them because that care always trickled down to me. So yes, this Mac Pro and the new Pro Display XDR is nowhere near a price I can afford, but there’s palpable excitement for the Mac again. That’s good for all Mac users.

Lastly, Mike Haynes on Robot Hive:

It’s nice to see Apple finally bring iTunes behind the shed and put it out of its misery. I couldn’t help but laugh when Craig Federighi said that “customers love iTunes”.

The best part is that even Apple knew this was overdue. It is proven by Craig Federighi’s self-deprecating humor when talking about it. I hope that by separating these different things into three different apps (Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV), it’ll allow their teams to better the experience of the three services.

We see that with how they explained machine learning indexing for podcasts, which will essentially allow for full-text search of podcasts. That’s so exciting! There’s also evidence that they care about Apple TV. But Apple Music has been a little stagnant, and the most significant feature we got this year was synced lyrics. I’m not saying it’s a bad feature, but it deserves more love than that.

It was a jam-packed keynote, and I feel a renewed excitement about being an Apple customer.

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Dub Dub 2019

Tim is joined by TJ Draper to chat all things WWDC 2019.

Links and Show Notes

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iOS 13 Wish List

Joe Hribar details his wish list for iOS 13. There are a lot of gems in there, but this is my favorite:

  • Searchable emoji keyboard.
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The Fall of Apple?

Great piece from Matt Birchler. This line made me laugh:

There is a morsel of truth in this article on VentureBeat, but if you told me this was written by Microsoft PR then I’d believe you.

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Next Major macOS Version to Include Standalone Media Apps, Splitting iTunes

Holy crap, it’s actually going to happen. I’m anxious to see if this fixes most of my issues.

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Lugged my iMac to the Library

I talk about the new Star Wars game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order coming out later this year, and some of my thoughts on the 2019 iMac review that Jason Snell published on Six Colors.

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2019 iMac Review: The Best of a Bygone Era

Enjoyed this review. Every time I’m about to buy a new Mac, I’m tempted to go with an iMac. In 2019, it may be best to wait.

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An Apple Music Update

David starts off his article by mentioning this article from The Wall Street Journal which reports Apple Music having more subscribers than Spotify in the U.S. That’s great and all, but I can’t help agreeing with TJ Draper who had this to say on Twitter:

Headline: “Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in U.S. Subscribers”

Oh look, it's two steaming piles of horse poo competing for who's the least steaming pile. The UI and UX of both is just so awful. Is it too much to ask for a music service with a good catalog and good UX?

—TJ Draper (@tjdraperpro) April 5, 2019

As a former user of Spotify and a current user of Apple Music, both of these streaming platforms have some pretty severe UX issues (RIP Rdio). Shoehorning Apple Music into iTunes continues to be a terrible idea I hope Apple fixes soon. The confusion between music I own and music on Apple Music has caused some sync issues for me, leaving me music-less on a few plane rides.

And this isn’t to say that I don’t like Apple Music. There’s a lot it does right. Their human-curated playslists, my New Music Mix, and vast catalog is nothing short of terrific. But if I’m honest, I use Apple Music because of its tight integration into the operating system, rather than it actually being the best music-listening experience.

Unfortunately, I think Apple is just fine with that.